Dr. Matthew “Tex” VerMilyea

EmbryologistAustin, TX

Matthew was born in Laredo, Texas and his interests in reproductive physiology began during his undergraduate studies at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science, Cum Laude with Distinction in Research, and the nickname ‘Tex’.

From his early experience in the theriogenology laboratories at Cornell, Tex quickly found his forte in embryology and has since gained various experiences from around the world. In 2007, Matthew received his PhD in Epigenetics from The University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom.

He then continued his professional preparation by completing post-doctoral fellowships in the chromatin and gene expression laboratories at the Institute of Biomedical Research in Birmingham, UK. He was fortunate to be selected as a research fellow for the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science where he completed a second fellowship in the Laboratory of mammalian Molecular Embryology at the RIKEN institute in Kobe, Japan. Determined to maintain a foundation in genetic and molecular research, he chose to return to clinical human IVF in order to further his skills and develop a career as an accomplished embryologist. Upon his return to the United States, he was employed as an embryologist at Shady Grove Fertility in Maryland where he undertook intense training and soon became the Lead Embryology Research Scientist and Senior Embryologist.

After two years, Tex obtained board certification as a High Complexity Laboratory Director and Clinical Consultant from the American Board of Bioanalysis. He then became the Director of Assisted Reproductive Technologies and Andrology laboratories at The University of Pennsylvania Fertility Care in Philadelphia. He was appointed as an Instructor in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the Perelman School of Medicine at Penn. In 2013, Tex moved to Auckland, New Zealand, where he served as Scientific Director at Fertility Associates of New Zealand. There, he provided scientific guidance regarding the implementation of cutting-edge ART technologies and research throughout five IVF laboratories located in New Zealand and at a laboratory in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. While living in New Zealand, he also served as the off-site Laboratory Director for Penn Fertility Care in Philadelphia.

In 2015, Matthew was recruited to return to Texas as Scientific Director of Texas Fertility Centers in Austin and San Antonio, Texas. He is the Laboratory and Operations Director at Ovation Fertility in Austin and San Antonio and the off-site Embryology Laboratory Director for Los Angeles IVF Laboratory in Encino and California Fertility Partners in Brentwood, LA. Matthew currently serves on the SART Practice Committee, SART QA Committee, SRBT Board and is a Key Opinion Leader for multiple commercial organizations associated with IVF related products. He participates in speaking engagements internationally regarding undisturbed embryo culture, computer-automated time-lapse imagery, artificial intelligence, cryopreservation preimplantation genetic testing and laboratory quality control. Throughout his scientific endeavors, he has published in high impact journals including Nature Genetics, EMBO Journal and PLOS Biology along with several abstracts and book chapter contributions.

In addition to his support to local and global organizations that provide fertility awareness, Tex is fortunate to provide his experiences and expertise to the ever-changing field of ART and will always find it rewarding when patients are successful at bringing home a healthy child.